Covid-19

Covid

CNHA Restriction Exemption Policy and Procedure  

In line with the AB Government restrictions announced on Sept 15th, 2021, it has become necessary for  the CNHA to create a policy regarding the presentation of Vaccination OR a Negative Covid Test to  comply with what the facilities have implemented this afternoon.  

The restrictions allowed facilities and associations/groups the latitude to institute requirements for  users of their services. We have just been advised that some of our facilities have implemented such  policies and as such we need to comply with these requirements to continue with the 2021-22 Hockey  Season.  

We are very aware that this is a very polarizing and stressful scenario for many families and their  children, and we are striving to create an environment where all children have access to play the sport  they love safely.  

With this in mind please see the below requirements that will take affect Sept 20th 2021 for all CNHA  players, staff (Coaches and AT’s) and volunteers. ** Some facilities will also have requirements for  spectators.  

The AB government allows for exemption from restrictions based on the following: 

  • Proof of negative test

To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people aged 12 and older can show proof  of a negative test result. 

  • Tests must be privately-paid COVID-19 PCR or rapid tests completed within 72 hours. 
  • Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories. Proof of vaccination

To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people ages 12 and older can provide  proof of vaccination or documentation of a medical exemption. 

  • Sept. 20 to Oct. 25: proof of a single dose is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more  than 2 weeks before the time of service. 
  • After Oct. 25: proof of double vaccination is required

For those individuals who are been double vaccinated you can provide vaccination proof  immediately – we will ask that you upload this information to Team Snap- the process will be much the  same as the medical form that you upload when you register- the information will not be visible to your  teammates and will only be accessible by the President or GM and will only be accessed after initial  cross reference if AHS asks for proof of vaccination at any point. The President and GM will determine as  this plays out what the requirements will be at facilities for showing – we anticipate that there will likely  be some differences in processes, and we will make sure that all players information is protected. We  will communicate further on this once we have established what scenarios we will encounter. Suitable  documentation will include photo of your paper copy records you received upon receives your doses,  screen shot of MyHealthRecords App showing vaccine record, other government issued/reconized vaccine proof. *** More info to come on how to upload proof to team snap in the coming days. 

For those individuals who received your first dose between Sept 6 - 20 you will need to provide a  negative test taken within 72 hours of a team activity. (Please see the Gov’t guidelines regarding the  tests). Once you hit the benchmarks for vaccination (2 weeks) as outlined above you can upload your 1st dose vaccination record and you will no longer require the negative test. You will still be required to  upload your 2nd shot information on or before Oct 25th. The process for submitting test results will be  outlined below. 

For those players who will not be accessing vaccinations they will need to submit negative test results  as indicated above for the duration of the season or when AB gov’t measures are removed. It is my  understanding that there are testing options that are more cost effective and convenient than visiting a  private lab every 72 hours and can direct families to that option if needed. This will come at the cost of  the participant.  

The process for submitting test results will be through the use of a confidential email address:  covid@calgarynorthstars.com . This mailbox will be monitored by the President and the GM and  families/Coaches will be notified if we are missing documentation prior to an ice time. We will need to  receive it in order for the player to participate in any team activities. As with vaccination information  this will be treated confidentially and will only be accessed by the President or GM. We will  communicate as well regarding the potential use of the information to allow access to other  facilities/tournaments as this arises. 

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter. We trust everyone understands that in order to  comply with the facilities this was the best option to provide a season for the players in a safe  environment.  

Yours in Hockey 

CNHA Board of Directors

As players are returning to school, we are finding that some may start to receive notice that they were a close contact to a confirmed case of Covid-19 in their school.  These players will have to isolate at home for 14 days and not join the cohort.

Here is a link for scenarios and info:

https://www.hockeycalgary.ca/assets/file/Operations/covid/COVID-19_Isolation_Requirements_Cheat_Sheet.pdf

If a player needs to isolate due to close contact or being sick, their absence will not hinder their chances from making a team as we have lots of data on each player to date. Coaches and evaluators are very aware that their mentality has to be that every session or game may be the last time they see a player to very diligent in evaluating.

Here's a link to help guide you through what each facility is allowing in the city. Please keep in mind that things are continually changing, and at any given time these can change.

https://www.hockeycalgary.ca/page/index/id/590/

Note that the city rinks CNHA use are currently allowing two spectators per player, while NESS is only allowing one.

Scouts and league officials will have limited access (10 spots at NESS, 20 at city rinks) Please contact Jesse Hale to RSVP, gm@calgarynorthstars.com